– by Daniel Currie
Please read Genesis 39…
The story of Joseph is a wonderful story of faithfulness, redemption and forgiveness. The young Joseph who had been sold into slavery by his brothers finds himself working in the home of Potiphar a captain of the guard for Pharaoh. Far from becoming bitter and resentful at his new found circumstances, Joseph excels in his new employment catching not only Potiphar’s eye but also the eye of Potiphar’s wife!
Joseph shows an amazing attitude of faithfulness to holding fast to what is right! To Potiphar’s wife he says, ‘How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?’
Joseph also shows faithfulness to God in a different way: having been told in a dream that his own family would one day bow down to him in honour and respect it would have been incredibly easy in slavery and prison for Joseph to be dismissive of the prophetic dreams that he had received. Joseph however drew hope from these dreams. The gift of these prophetic dreams brought him strength and fortitude to persevere and ultimately shine with the presence of God. It says, ‘His master recognised that God was with him, saw that God was working for good in everything he did.’
How then can we hold on to a similar faithfulness? Are we being tempted and need to hold fast to what is right? Maybe we need to flee from temptation as Joseph did! Are there areas in our lives where we feel disappointed rather than faith filled? Let us pray to God for the gift of faith to persevere through our difficult times and that others might see the presence of God in our lives.